Native American Community Research, Demonstration, and Pilot Projects


To promote economic and social self-sufficiency for American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Native American Pacific Islanders from American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands through grants or cooperative agreements for research, demonstration, or pilot projects conducted by public or private agencies which are designed to test or assist in the development of new approaches or methods that will aid in overcoming special problems or otherwise further the purposes of the Native American Programs Act.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Administration for Children and Families
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
Native American Programs Act of 1974, Title VIII, Section 805, Public Law 102-375, 42 U.S.C 2991d.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Federally-recognized Indian Tribes, as recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affiars; Incorporated non-federally recognized Tribes; Incorporated state-recognized Indian Tribes; Consortia of Indian Tribes; Incorporated nonprofit multi-purpose community-based indian organizations; Urban Indian Centers;Alaska Native villages as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANSCA) and/or non-profit village consortia; Non-profit Alaska Native Regional Corporations/Associations in Alaska with village-specific projects; Non-profit Alaska Native community entites or tribal governing bodies (Indian Reorganization Act or Traditional Councils) as recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs; National or regional incorporated non-profit Native American organizations with Native American community-specific objectives; and tribally controlled colleges and universities chartered by Federally Recognized Indian Tribes or recognized by the Department of Education, The American Indian Higher Education Consortium, or eligible for funding under the Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994.
Beneficiary Eligibility
American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islanders will benefit.
Non-profit organizations must submit proof of non-profit status. For applicants that are not Tribes, or Native Alaska villages, organizations applying for funding must show that a majority of board member approving the project proposal are representative of the Native American community to be served. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. ACF requires electronic submission of applications at Paper applications received from applicants that have not been approved for an exemption from required electronic submission will be disqualified from competitive review. Applicants that do not have an Internet connection or sufficient computer capacity to upload large documents to the Internet may contact ACF for an exemption that will allow the applicant to submit applications in paper format. See FOA for detailed information. For applicants that have received a waiver, Standard Forms, assurances, and certifications are available at the ACF Funding Opportunities Forms webpage at
Award Procedure
All funds are awarded directly to the grantees.
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 120 to 180 days. All funds are awarded directly to the grantees.
From 30 to 60 days. Appeals are only available upon a finding of ineligibility for funding and are subject to ANA regulations at 45 CFR 1336.35 and HHS regulations in 45 CFR 16.
From 30 to 60 days. Other - Not Specified.
How are proposals selected?
Specific criteria for selecting proposals for funding are stated in each funding opportunity announcement. In general, proposals are judged on the basis of relevance to program objectives as stated in the funding opportunity announcement, project strategy, community support in project design and implementation, reasonable cost estimates, and qualifications of applicant organization and personnel.
How may assistance be used?
Grant funding pay be used for such purposes as: 1) testing and measuring the effect of collaborative community-based project in Native American communities, 2) new approaches for the use of data to document results and ensure accountability, 3) integration of plans and resources at the Native community-level to promote sustainable supports and services for Native American families, children, and communities; and 4) evaluation of collaborative processes to promote self-sufficiency and well-being for Native Americans.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. ANA grantees are required to semi-annually report project progress using the Objective Progress Report (OPR) (OMB No. 0970-0452, expiration date 06/30/2018) on the GrantSolutions system and report financial information using the SF-425 form.. ANA reviews grantee semiannual and annual reports to determine whether the grantee is meeting its goal and objectives and completing activities identified in the OWP as well as to evaluate project effectiveness. If progress concerns are identified, ANA may require quarterly reports. In addition, ANA is required to describe and measure the impact of funded projects, their effectiveness in achieving stated goals, their impact on related programs, and when feasible, to obtain the views of persons participating in and served by funded projects. ANA carries out this requirement through review on grantee-submitted reports and through the use of structured on-site interviews using a data collection tool (OMB No. 0970-0379, expiration date 05/31/2016). No expenditure reports are required. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements. None.
The grantee should keep all program, administrative, and financial records available for 3 years after the expiration of the project period.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 20.%. The 20% match is required unless waived in accordance with criteria published in 45 CFR 1336.50.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Grantees may apply for non-competitive continuation support within a project period of 1 to 3 years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Annually.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Carmelia A. Strickland 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW
, Washington, District of Columbia 20447 Email: Phone: 877-922-9262
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 14 $0; FY 15 est $0; and FY 16 est $3,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$100,000 - $400,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
SEDS program regulations are published in 45 CFR 1336.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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